The Bible for Young Catholics
Edited by Brian Singer-Towns
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As the title suggests, Breakthrough! The Bible for Young Catholics, highlights what happens throughout salvation history between God and humanity. God breaks through and connects with human history, thereby establishing a relationship with humanity.
Using the Good News translation, Breakthrough! The Bible for Young Catholics was created for young people leaving childhood and entering adolescence. Its 10 special features were created to help make the Bible easier for young people to read and understand.
They will learn about the great people of the Bible, and will see how God has been breaking through in human history and connecting with humanity for thousands of years. Most important, they will discover, in the Bible, how God's messages to key people of faith have meaning for life today.
Publisher: Saint Mary's Press
Copyright: Jan. 1, 2006
Size: 6 x 9
Length: 1,968 pages
By Mary Ellen Ewers-Pena
By Phil Pusateri, principal, De La Salle Middle School, St. Louis, Missouri
Catholic Library World, June, 2008
Momentum, April/May, 2006
There are many resources here for the classroom teacher, catechist or Bible study group. The first is the introduction at the beginning of each of the books of the Bible, in the form of headlines and factoids that offer a great prelude to each book.
The Catholic Connections link the Bible stories to our Catholic beliefs. How many times have we heard children or parents ask, "Where is that [doctrine] in the Bible?" With the Catholic Connections, we have another resource to address their curiosity and to nourish their faith.
I found the Pray It! sections a clever way for the reader to enter into a conversation with God over the material that had just been read. It creates another way for the reader to pray.
The Study lt! sections provide a platform for the reader to enter into a more in-depth study of the material at an appropriate level.
The Live It! sections provide a few simple ways for anyone to put the word of God into action. . . .
Along with the separate teaching-activities manual and the student-activity workbook, this should be a resource on every principal and catechetical leader's bookshelf. It should be found in every faith-formation setting where young people gather.
Review by Mary Heinrich, director of faith formation, Saint Pius X Parish, Urbandale, Iowa